ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard reopened the upper Mississippi River to recreational vessel traffic, Monday.

The river was closed on Friday to all recreational vessel traffic due to extreme high water. Coast Guard closed the Mississippi River between Lock and Dam 22 in Granite City, Illinois and the Jefferson Barrack Bridge in St. Louis.

"Although the river is reopened, the Coast Guard urges mariners to continue to exercise extreme caution when operating in the Port of St. Louis due to large debris and swift currents," said Lt. Tim Marriott, Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River public affairs officer.

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